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Roam

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Three strangers, each searching for something out of reach.

Sarah Cate, celebrating her 21st birthday, is pushed over the edge after car trouble strands her in the middle of nowhere with an angry, unstable boyfriend.

Kevin Reed, a troubled adolescent abused by a loveless father, roams the night in his black Camaro, looking to pay forward one of the few acts of kindness he's ever received.

Scotty Mason, plagued by profound guilt and completely detached from his world, is haunted by the unshakable fear that something inside him is dangerously broken and cannot be fixed.

When their lives intersect in an unsavory hotel with a bloody history, all three will struggle to exorcise their personal demons, unaware that a bigger threat is looming... and waiting for the right moment to strike.

©2017 Erik Therme (P)2017 Erik Therme

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    Norma Miles 17/07/2017
    Norma Miles 17/07/2017
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    ""In the fading light of Millennium Park ...""
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    This unusually constructed book focuses on five main characters and three, in particular, whose intertwined activities are followed over the course of one evening and night. For Sarah, this evening was to have been special: it was her birthday and she and boyfriend, Matt, were to have celebrated it together. When it all goes wrong, Sarah goes in search of old friend, Scott, hoping to stay with him overnight, if only she can find him, and is helped in her quest by a young man named Kevin, a secretly aspiring author, who offers her a lift in his car. Eventually she just books into a room at the hotel where Scott's girlfriend is the unpleasantly offensive night time receptionist. It is here that the book draws together in it's climax.<br/><br/>Initially, the story feels disconnected, switching, in the present tense, between locales and people, but like an elegantly drawn sketch, the full picture slowly emerges. We follow the happenings at an almost real time speed which propels the story forward in a very tactile​ way. Each of these main protagonists is cleverly drawn, slowly emerging as fully formed people with their personal sadnesses, guilts, fears and hopes. The book is filled with teenage angst and introspection, small cruelties and aggression, and I would certainly not want to live in their home town. Nor did I find any of the protagonists particularly sympathetic but they were eminently compelling, nevertheless.<br/><br/>Joe Hempel, as narrator, is superb. The text is read briskly, but not too fast, is clear and his use of intonation helps define the emotion.. Each of the characters, too, has a clearly distinctive voice, lending to each a further reality of their personalities. An excellent performance, and, overall, a great listen with a perfect symbiosis of author and reader. A great peek into the troubled minds of an equally troubled generation, trying to find a future where little is there to give hope, all presented in an unusual thriller. I was freely gifted a copy of Roak, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks. It really does give hope that, whilst things are very likely to go wrong, sometimes they might just come out right instead. Recommended to anyone enjoying detailed character representation and a thriller that is just that little bit different.

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  • Zoe
    19/05/17
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    "Roam"
    What made the experience of listening to Roam the most enjoyable?

    Joe Hempel's narration is perfect for this audiobook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roam?

    <br/>I like mysteries/thrillers/suspense books that carry all the way through the book and Roam certainly does that. From the beginning, when we meet Sarah and Marc to the very last page where a surprise twist is revealed, Roam kept me on my toes, wondering what was going to happen next. Very suspenseful and entertaining book.<br/>


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie @ BookLoversLife
    07/06/17
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    "Suspenseful."

    Sarah is supposed to be having a brilliant birthday date, but her boyfriend isn't exactly doing his best. She finds herself stranded on the side of the road with her drunk boyfriend. She sees a side of him that frightens her and she decides to start walking down the road. Along the way a car pulls up and Kevin offers to help her. Sarah has about reached her limit with her life and goes off in search of her old Best Friend, Scot. Kevin decides to take her and what follows is something out of their worst fears!

    I didn't really connect with Sarah. I found her to be little too.... I don't know, maybe impulsive and impetuous!! She gets into a strangers car in the middle of the night, then gets him to drive her home, has a big fight with her mom and then travels with the stranger to find Scot. She didn't know him and I didn't understand why she would head off with him!! I wanted her to be a little more bad ass, though you can see why she is the way she is!

    I did love Kevin though. His life was extremely hard and it broke my heart, yet he was such a kind and compassionate person. I was so rooting for him throughout. Scotty scared me!!! His behaviour was self destructive. All the characters were well written and developed though and really made me feel.

    In all, this was a decent read. It had plenty of suspense to keep you reading and was relatively fast paced. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it.

    Joe Hempel was amazing. He really brought the characters emotions and quirks to life. He captured each of their personalities perfectly and read this well. He is one of the reasons why I kept listening!!

    I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lomeraniel
    Spain
    09/06/17
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    "A very well written story"

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    Sarah's twenty-one birthday is not as special as she expected. With her car broke down in the middle of nowhere and her three month boyfriend drunk and showing signs of becoming violent at any moment, she decides to start walking alongside the road. A car stops by and Kevin offers her a ride home. Later on they will meet again, and Sarah, desperate to find her friend Scotty, will make Kevin drive for many hours that night.

    This is a complex story with complex characters. None of them is especially likable, but the tale born from their intertwined lives is one of extreme beauty. They all have baggage, which is subtly suggested, but their pictures are not complete, leaving some past and future events to the imagination of the listener.

    There is also suspense, a dark figure creeping in the dark, and a completely unexpected twist at the end of the book. One could feel that the story is not complete, that we have just glimpsed a moment in these four people's lives, like a photography of what was and what could be. It was a seed of a full grown tree, a mirage of that final twist.

    Joe Hempel did a wonderful job, as always, narrating this story and bringing to life each one of the characters. One simply cannot go wrong with a book narrated by Hempel. He has a unique ability to transmit the characters' emotions and make you forget that you are listening to a book, carrying you to a new world. Top notch narrator!

    I absolutely recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys a well written story with realistic and complex characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tad B.
    New York
    08/08/17
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    "Believable Thriller - Could Happen to You"
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    "Roam" is a story about three individuals who's paths happen to cross over one fateful night. Between a violent boyfriend, a kind stranger, and a weird guy from her past, Sarah has a lot of confusing feelings to deal with. All of the characters seem down and out when the story starts and aren't in better shape when it ends. This book feels authentic; it feels like a story that could happen this evening anywhere across the USA. The events themselves are innocuous, but together they add up to something unexpected and bizarre. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes an understated mystery about 4 youths.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • PattyH
    Iowa
    28/07/17
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    "Roam"

    fast paced book, loved listening to it.

    Joe Hempel is one of my favorite narrators. He does excellent work and has never disappointed me in any of his narrations

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    America
    28/07/17
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    "Brilliant... Normal... Disturbing..."

    I spent most of this book wondering where it was going on and what it was saying, even having finished it I'm not sure I can answer that. But I am sure it was amazing, it grabbed my attention and refused to let go, I'd love to listen to it all over again, once is not enough.

    This story could be anyone's night, it's so normal and yet it's also extraordinary.

    The writing is brilliant and it creates a vivid mental picture of everything that is happening. I was confused and spellbound at the same time. Unique and captivating.

    The narration matches the book really well. The character voices are excellent and the delivery was smooth and engaging.

    This book was supplied free by the author/narrator/publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jstep
    Michigan
    18/07/17
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    "Decent listen with a pretty good story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If my friends were looking for a quick horror audiobook listen, I likely would recommend this book, though it wouldn't be the first one of this genre that I would recommend. I don't want to give spoilers away, but a character or two were completely filler and unimportant to the story. Also, a lot of detail went into Kevin and Sarah's lives that didn't really seem to drive the plot either. The ending kind of come out of nowhere and ended super quickly without much really suspense.


    If you’ve listened to books by Erik Therme before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't listened or read any books by Erik Therme before.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I suppose my favorite scene was Kevin talking about his teacher and the necklace and how he acquired it. I thought that part was sweet.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book either way. It started off really promising and then kept going...I was waiting for things to be tied together in a really great way at the end and was a bit disappointed. It's worth a listen, but overall it wasn't quite what I had expected.


    Any additional comments?

    Joe Hempel is a great narrator. I'll never have a problem listening to an audiobook that he's narrating. He's easy to listen to and great with various character voices.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashley Hedden
    17/07/17
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    "Great Read"
    Any additional comments?

    Roam by Erik Therme was a good read. Three complete strangers all find themselves looking for things that are out of reach. Their lives all cross in a hotel that has a bloody history. I thought this was a great Read that I would recommend to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eric Reeves
    Raleigh, NC
    10/07/17
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    "Not what I expected, but good nonetheless"

    I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I listened to this book. I think something paranormal or apocalyptic But when that didn't pan out, I settled into the story and was glad to see it all the way through. It was a relatively short book compared to what I'm used to, but I think it worked well as a shorter story.

    Quite a few things that happened in the book that made sense at the end. One thing that didn't sit quite right with me was the feeling that the story was skipping around too much. At times, I wasn't quite sure who the story was about or why certain parts of the book were in any way relevant to the overall story. One example is when Scott went to pick up his girlfriend's birth control pills. Other than slightly going a little deeper into the character development of Scott, I can't really figure out what that whole scene was about. Another is some earlier mention of Scott's brother living with him and having a hard time dealing with the death of his father. Unless I missed something (entirely possible), that really didn't have any relevance to the story, and it turns out that Scott was much mire impacted than originally let on by the same death. Just a little weird and discombobulated in some areas.

    The narration was wonderful. Joe Hempel did a great job!

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • HD
    Crestview, FL
    05/07/17
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    "Exciting and a little dark."
    Any additional comments?

    This was a surprising and interesting story about a young woman's horribly terrible 21st birthday. There is a lot of stuff going on in a short period of time and pretty much a rollercoaster ride. I think Kevin is my new book boyfriend. I definitely recommend this audiobook. I voluntarily reviewed this audiobook after receiving an advanced copy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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